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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Feb 21, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Compact, Build feels really solid, Butter smooth focus ring, F1.8
Cons:
Not so cheap

I wanted a faster "normal" lens, either a zoom or a prime for my crop body (canon 550d). First I have tried 2 copies of the tamron 17-50 F2.8, but the first one had serious backfocus, and the other one was so soft at f2.8 that I would not use it at 2.8.
Finally I decided to go with a prime lens with a "normal" 50mm like view for a crop body. Just got this lens and did some indoor testing on my daughter and my dog and this lens gives me razor sharp images even at f1.8

Here are 2 test images I took when just unboxed the lens, dont mind the composition, just for testing the optical quality of the lens.

This is at f1.8, focus is on the eye
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajdegroot/8496638521/sizes/k/in/photostream/

This one is at f2.0
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajdegroot/8496638683/sizes/k/in/photostream/

I've read all the reviews online and hear a lot of people about that it is not really sharp at f1.8, but so far I'm really impressed.